Thursday, January 22, 2009

81st Annual Academy Awards Nominations

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button has emerged as the front runner for this year's Oscars with 13 nominations.

Slumdog Millionaire, from Danny Boyle, was close behind with 10 nominations, including best film.

Dark Knight and Milk received eight nominations, with the late Heath Ledger receiving a best supporting actor nod.

Meryl Streep received her 15th nomination for her role in the film Doubt, alongside Kate Winslet for best actress in Stephen Daldry's The Reader.

Martin McDonagh got a nomination for In Bruges for Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen.

Notable absences has to be lack of nominations for The Wrestler and The Dark Knight in any of the major categories outside of the acting and technical fields respectively. Benicio Del Toro for Che and Clint Eastwood for Gran Torino are also notable absences in the Best Actor field. Bruce Springsteen's song The Wrestler and Clint Eastwood and Jamie Cullum's song Gran Torino not being nominated for best song has to be a mistake.

Click here for full nominations list.